The Colby College Museum of Art has teamed up with the Colby College’s Feminist Alliance, Womxn of Color Alliance (WOCA), and Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity (SOBHU) to facilitate a series of community engagement events addressing issues of troubling cross-cultural power dynamics. The purpose of this event is to build community through the arts but at a much more personal level. Inspired by Teresa Margolles: We Have A Common Thread, participants will work together to create their own quilt block and later piecing all the blocks resulting in a community quilt. Apart from creating a quilt, participants will be able to connect through Teresa’s process and healing. Participants will reflect on issues of social and institutionalized injustice and violence and how artists and communities may respond to them.
The program will be split across 3 days; Saturday Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 29. This last day will consist of the big reveal of the finished piece and the sharing of artists’ statements. Participants who wish to share what their quilt block represents will have the opportunity to do so on this day.
Quilted Conversations hopes to use creativity to encourage conversations, productive actions, respect, and understanding for different lived experiences.